hopscotch (9158) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Hazy, dark, Longhorn-orange ale with a small, fizzy, khaki head. Decent retention. The nose is malty, toasty and grainy with a whisper of yogurt or sour cream. Medium to full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is malty and rich - caramel and toffee - with none of the lactic acidity that I expected due to the nose. Toasty, nourishing finish.
jackl (4596) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Red/brown color with a modest off-white head. The nose is a bit spicy, some red currant, toffee, malts. The taste is moderately sweet. Medium duration, medium mouthfeel. Overall, a strange beer that I don’t particularly rate.
bpar73 (470) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 Dark reddish brown pour with a cream colored head. Definite dark fruit overtones. Smooth pleasant finish. A nice amber.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Claddagh. Pouts clear dark amber with off-white head. Aromas of toasted malts, caramel, toffee, and bread. Flavors of caramel, bread, toasted malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, maybe a little on the thin side. Nice amber overall.
GODiSSOUTHERN (359) - Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice caramel reddish brown. Very malty, slightly tart and sour. Hints of berries and raisins. Very mild hop presence.
oh6gdx (20322) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Reddish brown colour with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts, some mild hops and quite floral notes as well. Flavour is sweet malts with some fruity and wooden hops as well as some herbal notes. Mild spicyness in the finish as well.
cbfobes (2293) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a very dark amber with a red hue in the light and a thin soapy white head, aroma is sweet with notes of dark fruit and malt, the flavor has a touch of chocolate mixed in with the dark fruits and malt, fruity character in the finish, not terrible.
jar72404 (426) - USA - NOV 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is dark fruit. Flavor is chocolate, dark fruit, and some sourness. Not great.
Onslow (1162) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Ruddy brown ale with off white head. Aroma of raisens, figs, roasted malts, a bit of caramel, a bit of tart fruit. Taste starts with a sweet caramel malt that transitions to a sour / tart fruit taste that verges on the unpleasant. Finishes with a bit of lingering sour and tart. Interesting.
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: The beer pours red in color with a finger of off-white head.
S: Some sweet malt and toffee aromas with a strange roast aroma. There is some toasted malt aroma and a touch of caramel. A slight metallic note and some fruitiness.
T: Sweet toffee and bread with caramel and toast. As on the aroma, there was a little bit of metal, maybe even some roasted malt. A strange fruitiness, maybe a little bit of tartness.
M: Light to medium in body with medium carbonation.
O: Not a very good red ale. The strange fruitiness and metal note didn’t do much for me.